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Waking Lazarus

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  965 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Jude Allman is hiding. Hiding from the world and hiding from God. Because when you come back from the dead three times, the world wants a piece of you... and it becomes clear that God may have something in mind for you, too. When a terrible danger threatens the people that matter most to Jude, he realizes his days of hiding are over. Does he have enough faith in God's fait ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jul 03, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing book! I came across this book at a discount book store and something about the cover intrigued me. I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but letting a cover entice you to open the book and read the description on the inside cover isn't a bad fact, I think that's the point. From the description alone, I was intrigued even further. The premise, "Jude Allman has died three times", was enough to hook me. From the first word on the first page to ...more
Mar 20, 2012 T. rated it it was amazing
Oh. My.

Just that.

Oh. My.

I'm going to try to stay away from spoilers and not give a brief synopsis.

I don't even know where to start with this book. First off, I screamed through it in 2 sittings and clocking in just under 24 hours (the only 2 breaks being a) when it was already well past my bedtime and b) when I had that work-thing-so-I-can-support-my-book-habit to go do). And secondly, I didn't even know they made books like this -- a totally bizarre blend of Christian suspense/thriller/with a
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Mar 04, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, suspense
"The first time Jude Allman died he was 8 years old". Isn't that a great opening line? From the intrigue generated by this statement the story continues, as the reader learns bits and pieces about Jude's bizarre brushes with death--three so far--and also about his current life as a paranoid janitor in hiding. Jude has tried to escape the media and the curious by changing his name to Ron and taking a low profile position as a school janitor. But a mysterious visitor shows up at his doorstep one d ...more
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Dec 11, 2014 Vicki G rated it it was ok
I would only recommend it to a person who's never been disappointed after praying for something deeply important to them but NOT receiving it.

Everyone in THIS book prayed for what they wanted and got exactly what they wanted. The woman prayed for her son to be safe and she was able to save him. The neighbor prayed for HER son to be safe, and they found him too. He went through hell to save but he was ultimately allowed to be saved. The woman prayed for her friend to come out of her coma AND be n
May 28, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
I fell asleep at the beginning of reading this book..and quite some time passed before I picked it back up. However, today I started reading it and didn't stop until I had devoured the rest of it. I was quite surprised at who turned out to be The Hunter/The Normal. The author pointed me down the road of another man.

Jude, a 32 year old paranoid man, has been declared clinically dead three times. It seems to happen in a pattern of every eight years. All the fame has made him retreat and take on an
Feb 14, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians wanting a good non-offensive mystery
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Mar 04, 2012 Nicolle rated it it was amazing
This book will be one that I will recommend to my friends and family. I really enjoyed this book. I felt the author carried all the characters through the entire story. I also felt all of the characters were equally strong and did not lose their place as the story evolved. I actually saw the ending coming and guessed but then the author went and changed it on me. When you read the book you will understand what I mean by the comment above. I do not like to write *spoilers* in my reviews. Just tru ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Kimberly rated it liked it
I'm used to non-fiction so..

Probably not my kind of genre-if there is such a thing as a pychic/serial killer genre. I found it very cliche. I thought this would be an interesting way to read Christian fiction, but there was very little Christian about the book-no Scripture, no Gospel message, just some weird angle about a guy who keeps coming back from the dead and can see the future..

It's an easy read though and short enough to not get very boring.
Zacksmom Okon
Feb 11, 2011 Zacksmom Okon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cannot think of another book that brought a waterfall of tears in closing the cover. The main character was quirky and unusual, but I warmed up to him right away and shared the struggles of mental anguish and rejoiced in his humanity in learning to embrace love. The author guides the reader down incorrect paths of assumption throughout the entire novel. I can usually figure out the "mystery" in most stories -- NOT this one. Superb story!
Aug 09, 2009 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another WOW book! This book kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all the way to the end! If you like suspenseful, Christian fiction, this supernatural thriller will certainly satisfy the escape you are looking for! I'm looking forward to reading more of Hines books, in fact I think I will start "The Dead Whisper On" next! Well Done Mr. Hines!
Heathr Kabaniec
Nov 24, 2012 Heathr Kabaniec rated it it was ok
this started out to be a great read with the main person. I like all the wanting to know this person and all the mystery.. but like many others of this style of a mystery... the ending fell short of my expectations. based on the the beginning.
Aug 02, 2011 Becca added it
This book was one of the best I EVER read. It had a fascinating plot and riveting plot twists. A MUST READ!
Jan 05, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I love "out there" books that make me think and set me on edge. This one does that for sure! It was a good book and moved me to read the rest of this T.L. Hines' books.
Dock Hoilman
Jul 29, 2011 Dock Hoilman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good book. If I see another T. L. Hines book, I will definitely pick it up.
Nov 27, 2016 Justin rated it liked it
In Waking Lazarus, the debut novel from T.L. Hines, Jude Allman has died three times and lived to tell the tale. This modern-day Lazarus doesn't know why he keeps returning from the other side; he just knows he wants to escape the doctors, reporters and assorted whackos that keep hounding him for answers. He changes his name and moves to the middle of nowhere, but his past catches up to him when a serial killer strikes closer and closer to his new home.

The characters were interesting, the story
Emilee Powell
I was going to give it three stars for being a meh book, but since I put it in the get rid of bag, it probably deserves only two stars.
Jacki Bell
Nov 08, 2016 Jacki Bell rated it really liked it
Good mystery story. A couple of twists. Worth the time, but not a sit at the edge of the seat
Keiki Hendrix
Mar 02, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite genre - supernatural suspense fiction. In his debut novel, T. L. Hines creates a story about Jude Allman, cheater of death. He has died three times and lived to tell about it.

I must admit one of the main reasons I selected this story was to see how the writer could weave a believable story from this plot. T. L. Hines achieves this and more. Miraculous events are described in this story and faith plays a key role.

The main character, Jude Allman, first dies at the age of 8 years old. H
Sep 01, 2008 Diane rated it it was amazing

T. L. Hines debut novel, Waking Lazarus, has one of the most unusual plots that I have read this year. In the very first few pages 8 year old Jude Allman dies. It is a tragic accident. His father is there and after hesitating does pull him out of the icy water. He is definitely dead, no doubt about it. However, later at the hospital he is alive!

Jude dies not one more time but two more times and some time after the third death decides he does not want to be Jude Allman anymore. He shuts that par
Aug 01, 2015 Gloria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone; Christian contemporary mystery/thriller/paranormal
It took me a bit to get into the story.

It starts with a man named Jude who dies: like completely totally medically is stated as DEAD. This happened to him as a child, a teen, and a young man in college. He has become so popular that he is sought after, so he changed his name to Ron and moved to a small town, took a job as a janitor, and fathered a child named Nathan with Rachel.

Ron is a paranoid person. He puts plywood over his windows and has a security system believing that they will come to g
Bruce Judisch
Jun 21, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
In his work The Prophets, Abraham Heschel writes, "None of the prophets seems enamored with being a prophet nor proud of his attainment." Jude Allman, hero of T.L. Hines' Waking Lazarus, can identify with Dr. Heschel's words.

His gift? Well, it’s unlike any popularly associated with that of a prophet. He writes no book, he preaches no sermon, he calls no fire down from Heaven. Rather, Jude has experienced clinical death no less than three times: once as a young boy, once as a teenager, and once a
Erica Gilliam
Jun 29, 2015 Erica Gilliam rated it really liked it
Waking Lazarus by T.L. Hines was a pleasantly surprising read. I bought this book in a book warehouse, and the cover is the beginning of what sparked my interest to this particular book. Reading the description about a man dying 3 times made me think, "What?? Now, this is something I gotta read."

The book, of course, is completely fiction. It focuses on a man named Jude struggling with his special gifts. It reminded me a lot of Jonah in the Bible. Jude was special, but he by no means wanted to b
Sep 02, 2014 Literarycat rated it really liked it
All Jude Allman wants is to be normal. Not to be known as the man who comes back to life. Every so often since he was a young child Jude has died, only to come back to life a few days later. He has managed to blend into the world around him under a different name of Ron Gress. His whole life begins to change when he meets Kristene. He slowly begins to taste copper at random moments or sees visions when he touches a person. What could all that mean? As Jude/Ron tries to figure his life out, someo ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of suspense and readers who are open minded to Christianity.
Recommended to Stephanie by: I found it on
I thought this book was very well written. I particularly liked the main character, Jude. I found the story from his point of view the most interesting, and the character himself intriguing. He's very flawed and the last sort of person one might expect to be a protagonist, but perhaps it is for that reason that he seems more authentic than most protagonists. He has issues, he's far from perfect, and for a good while, he's too scared to even do anything about it. But his character develops quite ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

Have you died? No, of course not, not yet anyways. Jude Allman did. Three times, in fact, since he was eight years old. This is not about a few minutes of crossing over and getting revived at the last second. No, this is the declared, in-the-morgue, ready-for-autopsy kind of dead. I mean, this is the hallelujah, miracle kind of waking up from the dead.

“There must be a very good reason why you're still here, because there are thousand reasons why you shouldn't be.”

Unfortunately, Jude has the "
Adrienne Campbell
Aug 15, 2012 Adrienne Campbell rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. At first, I wasn't so sure but as I kept reading the story picked up pace and held steady all the way to the end.

This story takes place in a small town called Red Lodge, Montana. Children have been disappearing from towns all around Red Lodge without a suspect in sight. But that is just one part of the story...

The second story is about a man,Ron Gress, hiding in Red Lodge under an assumed name, who suffers from severe paranoia. His life is consumed by this paranoia un
"the first time jude allman died he was 8 years old". isn't that a great opening line? from the intrigue generated by this statement the story continues, as the reader learns bits and pieces about jude's bizarre brushes with death--three so far--and also about his current life as a paranoid janitor in hiding. jude has tried to escape the media and the curious by changing his name to ron and taking a low profile position as a school janitor. but a mysterious visitor shows up at his doorstep one d ...more
Picked this one up because I liked the cover. To be honest I didn't think the storyline was all too promising and something about the colors and the font in the inside flap bothered the heck out of me but surprisingly this one was quite good. Definitely was a twist I did NOT see coming but just because it took me completely by surprise didnt mean I was happy with it. I sort of wanted the "bad guy" to be who it looked like it was. Alas.
There was definitely a religious aspect to this novel, which
Nov 07, 2013 Cat. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is an advance reading copy I picked up in Boston at PLA from the Bethany House exhibit table. It's only taken me four months to read it! Actually, I only started it Wednesday; it just took me that long to pick it up.

This is actually a pretty good book, given the fact that this copy needed some edited (of course). There were also what I thought were some rather obvious clues to the mystery, and some clunky writing. Maybe that's been fixed.

The basic story is about a guy who has died three tim
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TL Hines writes "Noir Bizarre" stories, mixing mysteries with oddities in books such as Waking Lazarus, The Dead Whisper On, and The Unseen (coming in 2008). His work has won recognitions ranging from the Maryland Writers Association novel contest to Library Journal's "25 Best Genre Fiction Books of the Year" award. He lives in Montana with his wife and daughter, where he defends an undefeated 3-0 ...more
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